Postal Service could close Main Street office

June 21, 2013 at 1:21 a.m.
Updated June 22, 2013 at 1:22 a.m.

The James Moody Station Post Office is four miles from the Victoria Main Post Office.

LOCATION: 2804 Sam Houston Dr.

HOURS: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday

After what seems like years of speculation, the U.S. Postal Service has made it official – it is considering closing the Victoria Main Post Office.

Paul Julian, a postal customer at the Main Post Office for 17 years, is astonished that such a move is being considered.

“I can’t imagine that the Postal Service can service a city of 70,000 people with a single post office,” he said. “It makes no sense. I know they are trying to save money, but this isn’t the way to do it.”

The Postal Service is sending out letters and surveys to Victoria customers in ZIP codes 77901, 77902 and 77903 as notification of its intent to conduct a discontinuance feasibility study of the Victoria Main Post Office at 312 S. Main St., said Sam Bolen, public information officer for the Rio Grande District.

“The Postal Service is proposing that operations be merged with the James Moody Station Post Office,” said Bolen.

The James Moody Station Post Office is at 2804 Sam Houston Drive.

Downtown Victoria businessman, attorney George Filley, also isn’t pleased with the proposed change.

“We use the Main Street Post Office almost daily, even in this age of electronic communication, for correspondence with clients and the myriad of governmental agencies we deal with in our busy law practice,” Filley said. “Closing it would definitely impact my firm in a negative way.”

Bolen said hearing from the public is important to the Postal Service.

“No decision has been made.  We are seeking community input as part of our feasibility study fact finding process,” Bolen said. “Surveys and all comments will be fully considered a part of our final proposal.”

As part of the information gathering process, postal officials will host a community meeting at the Victoria Electric Cooperative auditorium, 102 S. Ben Jordan St., from 6 to 7 p.m. July 10 to provide information and answer questions, Bolen said.

“The Main Post Office is being studied for closure due to the number of available alternate sites within a nearby radius that provide retail services,” said Bolen.

The purpose of the study is to evaluate the facility’s operations in a continuing effort to meet customers’ retail needs, improve productivity, increase efficiency and cut costs, explained Bolen.

If a decision is ultimately made to discontinue operations at the Victoria Main Post Office, post office box customers will have the option of box delivery at the James Moody Station, said Bolen.

As proposed, these customers will be able to keep their box number and 77902 ZIP code, so no change of address will be required, he said.

Bolen said no loss of jobs would result if the merger takes place as all workers at the Main Post Office would move to the Moody Station location.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations, Bolen said.

Julian isn’t impressed that he would get to keep his same box number.

“An 8-mile round trip to get your mail,” he said. “Ridiculous.”



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